In this article I show how to create and deploy custom images (also known as Gold Images) in Azure. A Gold image is a fully patched image that had all our needed software, registry settings, and configurations installed.
In a previous article, “DSC with Infrastructure-As-Code and Azure Automation is a potent combination”, I outlined the limitations of using a “Gold Image” to provision your Virtual Machines, that keeping the machines cloned from these golden images up-to-date with latest versions of software and patches is non-trivial task, and in that article I outlined a strategy for provisioning virtual machines that are in a continual state of operational readiness using Azure Automation DSC and infrastructure as code.
However, some clients do want to continue using Gold Images. There is sometimes a reluctance to change established ways of doing things, or just paucity of time . To satisfy such clients, we do need to create and provision such “Gold Images”, and in this article, I show how.